Cleopatra Records Presents A Collection Of Unreleased Late ‘90s Studio Recordings From AltRock Hitmakers, SPONGE!
Los Angeles, CA - Fresh from the critical and commercial success of their 1996 sophomore album Wax Ecstatic, Detroit hard rockers Sponge holed up in a small studio in their hometown to record what was to be their third as yet untitled album for Sony Records. The band, whose songwriting chops had been proved on the megahit singles “Plowed” and “Molly (16 Candles Down The Drain),” looked to founder and lead vocalist Vinnie Dombroski for a new batch of tunes, and Dombroski himself turned to his classic rock heroes like The Doors, The Who and Steppenwolf others for inspiration. The result was a raw blast of sonically devastating, guitar-oriented rock n’ roll. As the story goes, when legendary A&R rep John Kalodner stopped by the studio to sample what Sponge had been up to, he was not able to tolerate the sheer power of the sessions for long and had to beat a retreat!
For reasons known only to the band, these recordings were shelved and a new set of recordings were produced for Sponge’s 1999 album New Pop Sunday. But now those incredibly inspired studio sessions from 1997-1998 are available for the first time anywhere on the Cleopatra Records release Demoed In Detroit, providing a snapshot of where the band was 20 years ago while also offering a tantalizing taste of what might have been. In addition to the 13 original songs and 3 blistering cover tunes, this special collection includes 2 exclusive acoustic versions of the band’s hits “Plowed” and “Molly (16 Candles Down The Drain)” recorded especially for this compilation. Raw and powerful, Demoed In Detroit 1997-98 is an essential album for fans of Sponge and classic '90s alternative rock!
1. How Much Do You Think Of Love
2. Fell In Deep
3. Faling For The Girls
4. Great Big Flop
5. Love's A Killer
6. Once In A Blue Moon
7. Laughing At Me
8. Get Down And Assumed The Position
9. What Are Good Friends For
10. Walk In My Shoes
11. Turn Out The Lights
12. Song For The End Of The World
13. Someone To Talk To
14. Break On Through
15. My Generation
16. Born To Be Wild
17. Plowed (Acoustic Pilot Mix)
18. Molly (16 Candles Down The Drain) (Mad Piano Mix)
Buy the CD here: https://cleorecs.com/store/shop/sponge-demoed-in-detroit-1997-98-cd/
Buy the digital version: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/demoed-in-detroit-1997-98/1448430761
Track List to The Early Years New York City 1997/1998:
1. Shit Life
2. Spine For You
3. Same Old Story
4. Voodoo Crush
5. Little Fish
7. Wake Up
8. Pig Society
9. Pseudo Trash
11. I Am Nothing
12. America The Pitiful
13. Kimberly's Ghost
14. One Fix
16. Everything Sucks
17. City Tonight
18. Dead Men Walking
19. Fuck Tha Police
Buy the The Early Years CD here: https://cleorecs.com/store/shop/dope-the-early-years-new-york-city-1997-1998-cd/
Buy the digital version: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-early-years-new-york-city-1997-1998/1410561876
Stream the album: https://open.spotify.com/album/320vQ20eShAXH5Rz6qXpy6?si=rv9pHzjlRtm_98-N-vAdFw
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88 Keys, but Only 1 Player to Cover Emerson, Wakeman, Rudess, & Banks!
Keyboard veteran Andrew Colyer has secured possibly one of the most difficult gigs today – covering keyboard parts made legendary by Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman, Jordan Rudess and Tony Banks! Andrew will be performing with 3.2 featuring Robert Berry this coming spring! If anyone is qualified for the position, it's Andrew who has performed and collaborated with the likes of Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, King Crimson), Jon Anderson (YES), The Tubes, Sound of Contact featuring Simon Collins, Ryche Chlanda (Fireballet, Renaissance), Max Flyer (CBS Records), Clark Terry, Louis Bellson among others....not to mention his own band, Prog-award-nominated Circuline!
Keith Emerson left a legacy of music. From his beginnings with The Nice in the 1960's, to worldwide fame with Emerson Lake & Palmer in the 1970's, to his reinvention in the 1980's with the #9 Billboard hit “Talkin' Bout” in the band “3” with Robert Berry and Carl Palmer, Emerson's name is one almost everyone has heard of.
In 2015, Emerson reunited with Berry, to resume work on the second “3” album, titled “3.2”, to be released on the Frontiers label. In 2016, Emerson tragically took his own life, leaving behind a half-finished record, Robert Berry with the loss of his long-time personal and musical friend, an unfulfilled contract, and a world grieving.
By the spring of 2018, Berry had worked out the details with the Emerson estate and Frontiers to complete and release the record. The first single, “Somebody's Watching” (released May 22nd), sent the album debut to #3 on the Amazon hard rock charts, and generated 7,000 YouTube views in the first 36 hours, and over 12,000 views in the first week. A musical phoenix had indeed risen.
The album, “3.2 - The Rules Have Changed”, was released on August 10th, 2018, and hit #1 on Amazon, selling out on the first day, and placed on two Billboard charts. The two YouTube videos from the album currently have over 64,000 cumulative views. The new album has met with unanimous positive international acclaim from over 100 magazine articles, blog and website reviews, and FM and internet radio stations.
Now it's time for a tour. The band - “3.2 featuring Robert Berry” will not only cover Berry's work with Keith Emerson, but also Berry's years on the Magna Carta label, producing tribute albums to ELP, YES, Genesis, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, and Rush. Who will Robert Berry get to cover not only Keith Emerson, but also all the keyboard players from these legendary bands? The world is watching and wondering. Keyboardist/vocalist Andrew Colyer (Circuline, Cell15, Awaken, Prog Rock Orchestra) got the call.
Berry tells the story of how Colyer got the gig: “When I met Andrew in December 2011, he was trying to reignite a career in music, after being out of the game for over 20 years. After one of our December People 'Classic Rock Christmas Party' shows, I introduced him to Dave Medd, and that's how he got the job as the backup for The Tubes in 2012. By 2013 he was playing ELP's “Tarkus” in progressive rock tribute band Downing Grey. In 2014 he performed on the Moody Blues cruise and the YES Cruise to the Edge with the Prog Rock Orchestra. He also formed his own band, Circuline, which has released two studio albums, a live CD/DVD/Blu-ray, and has toured and performed at international festivals. Plus he's my wife's brother's best friend!”
Berry says, ”All family joking aside, Andrew is a great player and the right guy for the job. He's a super nice guy, a hard worker, and with his immersion in the music business for these past 7 years, he's also been a big help in the business and marketing department.”
Colyer has some big boots to fill, and speaks to the naysayers. “I know there will be critics and fans who will say, 'that's not how Keith would have done it', or, 'he's just not the same as Wakeman, Banks, or Rudess', and I'm here to say, that's exactly right and true. There was only one Keith Emerson, and he was one of the greatest rock keyboard players of all time. Keith was groundbreaking in his approach to playing and performing; he was the first person in the world to ever use a synthesizer on stage; it is physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually impossible for anyone to ever replace him, or any of these other amazing keyboard players that I'm covering for the upcoming tour.”
“I am honored to have been asked to 'fill in' for Keith, Rick, Jordan, and Tony in their absence, and I will do my very best to faithfully serve the music that all of these great keyboard players throughout history have left for us to enjoy. All of my classical training, as well as my jazz and progressive rock experience, will be crucial in bringing this music to a live audience.”
Colyer continues, “I am also really excited to be performing with Robert Berry, who, besides being a ridiculously talented musician/composer, touring with Ambrosia, Alliance, Greg Kihn, and the holiday band December People, has also been a 'behind the scenes' producer for years, producing many progressive rock tribute albums for the Magna Carta label, and releasing his own solo albums. Some people have referred to Robert as a 'crafty American version of Trevor Rabin'.”
Berry concludes, “This new 3.2 band is excited to not only have Andrew Colyer from Circuline, but also the amazing drummer/vocalist Jimmy Keegan from Spock's Beard. I'll be fronting the band on bass and lead vocals, and we also have monster guitarist/vocalist Paul Keller, who toured with Keith, myself, and Carl Palmer on the original '3' tour in 1988. For the upcoming tour, we'll be performing not only music from the new 3.2 album, but also music from the first 3 album, and a few hits from my back Magna Carta catalog - some songs from YES, ELP, Genesis, Jethro Tull, etc.
“In addition to all the great music, you'll also experience first storytelling, performances, and insights from my work with Steve Howe, GTR, Ambrosia, Keith and Carl, and more. It's a presentation of my legacy of progressive rock from the past 30 years. We hope to see you in the audience and meet you in person after the show!”
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The Pineapple Thief Release New Video For "Threatening War" From Their New Studio Album 'Dissolution'
Dissolution Tour Dates in Europe & the UK Begin February 21, 2019
(Filmed & Directed by George Laycock , Blacktide Phonic/Visual - www.black-tide.co.uk )
London - With The Pineapple Thief’s Dissolution Tour Part 2, due to begin on 21st February in Italy, the band have released a new video for the track “Threatening War”, from their critically acclaimed studio album Dissolution.
WATCH THE “THREATENING WAR” VIDEO HERE:
Frontman, composer and guitarist, Bruce Soord on seeing director George Laycock’s interpretation of the song reflects “When I wrote the words for ‘Threatening War’, I had in my mind the journey from despair to hope, and how we need a physical connection with people in our lives to complete that journey, if and when it happens. When I saw how ‘Blacktide’ had tackled this visually it really hit home in a way I wasn’t quite prepared for. It captures the emotion of the song perfectly.”
The Pineapple Thief are due to begin the second leg of their European & UK Dissolution tour in February, have confirmed they will be taking new label mates O.R.k out as main support. The first leg of the tour in September included many sold out shows and their biggest show to date at London’s prestigious O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire and will once again be joined by now full-time member Gavin Harrison on all dates.
21.02 Firenze (Italy) - Viper
22.02 Roma (Italy) - Largo Venue
23-02 Milano (Italy) - Santeria Social Club
24.02 Pratteln (Switzerland) - Z7
26.02 Stuttgart (Germany) - LKA - Longhorn
27.02 Frankfurt (Germany) - Batschkapp
28.02 Strasburg (France) - La Laiterie
1.03 Zoetermeer (Holland) - Boerderij
2.03 Hamburg (Germany) - Grosse Freiheit 36
3.03 Copenhagen (Denmark) – Vega
5.03 Stockholm (Sweden) - Nalen
6.03 Oslo (Norway) - Rockefeller
20.03 Newcastle (UK) – O2 Academy
21.03 Glasgow (UK) – Saint Luke’s
22.03 Manchester (UK) – o2 The Ritz
23.03 Birmingham (UK) – o2 The Institute 2
24.03 Bristol (UK) – SWX
The Pineapple Thief will be supported by new Kscope label mates O.R.k
The Pineapple Thief have an extensive live campaign planned for 2019, including a return to London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire to headline HRH Prog on 26/27th October (http://www.hrhprog.com/ ) so look out for further dates to be announced.
More details, tickets & VIP upgrades: http://www.pineapplethief.com/tour
The band’s 2016 album, Your Wilderness produced 4m+ album streams, a #7 in the UK Independent Charts and two extensive headline European tours culminating at London’s Islington Assembly Hall where the concert was recorded for the live release Where We Stood. Their recently released album Dissolution has seen the band propelled to even greater heights, having gained a #1 position in the UK Rock Charts and #22 in the German national album charts. The band have garnered high praise across the worldwide media as can be seen in the small selection of review quotes below…
Prog Magazine - Album Of The Month - “a varied album that pulls together the band’s diverse styles into nine cerebral but very accessible songs”
Kerrang Magazine - “Its existence makes the world a slightly better place”
Total Guitar - “this is essential listening for fans of contemporary prog”
Slam (DE) - “Just a beautiful, melancholy record, powerful and full of hymn-like harmonies”
Lust for Life (NL) - “Dissolution ticks all the boxes”
RockTribune (BE) - “an album to cherish”
Rockerilla (IT) - “a beautiful album from the beginning to the end, where every track is a piece of a mosaic of enchanted sounds”
BUY: Dissolution HERE: https://thepineapplethief.lnk.to/DissolutionPR
LISTEN: DISSOLUTION ON SPOTIFY
WATCH: “Try As I Might” video:
The Pineapple Thief are:
Bruce Soord – vocalist, guitars
Gavin Harrison – drums
Jon Sykes – bass
Steve Kitch - keyboards
The Pineapple Thief online:
Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/the-pineapple-thief/id278648772
Kscope: 1st floor, 52 Lisson Street, London, UK NW1 5DF
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Adrian Belew Quartet US Spring Tour 2019!
Adrian Belew is a legendary guitarist well-known for his diverse travels around the musical map. He is a multi-instrumentalist whose solo records are critically acclaimed. His moving singing voice and prolific songwriting has endeared a loyal fan base of music lovers. His music is being discovered everyday by more and more listeners thirsty for great music with a creative standard not often pushed by the commercial music industry.
For more than a decade the Adrian Belew Power Trio stunned audiences around the world. Now Adrian is ready to re-invent his live show with a new quartet which includes Jordan Perlson on drums, Saul Zonana on keyboards, guitar, and vocals, and bassist extraordinaire Julie Slick. The tour dates will be in support of Adrian's newest release “POP-SIDED”, coming March 2019. Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy master musicians playing great songs and having a ball!
Adrian describes the show as, “a more complete picture of most things I've done. More songs, new songs from the award-winning FLUX app, King Crimson material I haven't played for years, and a dose of classic Power Trio. It's my intention to make this the best Adrian Belew show ever!”
Adrian first appeared on the guitar-world radar when he toured with Frank Zappa who later said, “Adrian reinvented electric guitar”. Adrian's signature tones, unique use of effects and whammy bar remains completely different, and his techniques continue to be a huge influence on today's guitarists. He was guitarist, songwriter and frontman Progressive Rock Powerhouse King Crimson for over 30 years. “Discipline”, Adrian's first record with King Crimson, is listed among the most important rock records ever made.
Adrian has had a career that commands both awe and respect from fellow musicians and loyal fans, from his first solo record “The Lone Rhino” to the Atlantic Records hit album “Mr. Music Head” or any of his other 20 plus solo records that push sonic boundaries while maintaining artistic integrity. Adrian shreds on guitar but also writes beautiful songs that will make you cry. Yes, Adrian has taken his fans on a wild ride through countless world tours and albums with David Bowie, Talking Heads, Laurie, Anderson, and Paul Simon. He truly is the Twang Bar King!
February 4-9 - Cruise To The Edge - Tampa | Key West | Cozumel, MX,
February 28 - Tralf Music Hall - Buffalo, NY
March 1 - Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland, OH\
March 2 - The Hi-Fi - Indianapolis, IN
March 3 - Shank Hall - Milwaukee, WI
March 5 - Slowdown - Omaha, NE
March 6 - Fine Line Music Cafe - Minneapolis, MN
March 8 - Old Rock House - St. Louis, MO
March 9 - Live at Ludlow Garage - Cincinnati, OH
March 10 - City Winery - Nashville, TN
March 13 - Rams Head On Stage - Annapolis, MD
March 14 - The Broadberry - Richmond, VA
March 15 - Lincoln Theatre - Raleigh, NC
March 16 - City Winery - Atlanta, GA
April 4 - Old Town School of Folk Music - Maurer Hall - Chicago, IL 000
April 5 - Zanzabar - Louisville, KY
April 6 - The Magic Bag - Ferndale, MI
April 7 - Rex Theater - Pittsburgh
April 10 - City Winery - Washington D.C.
April 11 - Wall Street Theater - Norwalk, CT
April 12 - SOPAC - South Orange Performing Arts Center - South Orange, NJ
April 13 - The Suffolk Theater - Riverhead, NY
April 14 - Daryl's House Club - Pawling, NY
April 17 - The Ardmore Music Hall - Ardmore, PA
April 18 - The Center for Arts in Natick - TCAN - Natick, MA
April 19 - Narrows Center for the Arts - Fall River, MA
April 20 - The Egg - Kitty Carlisle Hart Theatre - Albany, NY
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Iconic California psychedelic rock legends The Chocolate Watchband celebrate the release of their new album “This Is My Voice” (released by Dirty Water Records), led by founding and current members, vocalist David Aguilar and guitarist Tim Abbott, plus Gary Andrijasevich on drums. Second generation fans, guitarist Derek See and bassist Alec Palao (Grammy-nominated producer/ historian ), bring their enthusiasm and love for the music to the table to help weave THE sound which both faithfully recreates the sonic energy and tone of the original recordings, as well as giving a rare edge to new material that is a logical progression to the bands legacy.
Documented as influencing legendary bands far and wide within the psych, garage, and punk scene for the past 50 years, their live performances sizzle with the same outrageous audacity of the late 60s scene they helped usher into the San Francisco Bay area ballroom scene. The group was also seen as featured bands in the 1967 cult films “Riot on the Sunset Strip” and “The Love-Ins”, and their powerful stage presence continues to the present day in a timeless stage show which is oozing electric cool-aid energy. Critics have noted the Chocolate Watchband was America's answer to the Rolling Stones!
While the bands' music was a cherished secret of record collectors for many years, the music is now available to be heard by everyone, which has ushered in a new fourth generation of fans around the world, who hear the Watchband sound as it has reverberated into the psyche of the class of 2018 psychedelic bands.
Their newest songs resonate with genuine political rebellion in our current times, which can be heard in the lyrics of the new song “Judgment Day”.“I wrote 'Judgment Day' as the country was still in recovery,” says lead vocalist and founding member David Aguilar of the days following the 2008 market crash. “Families were living in their cars. It was a terrible time for the American dream. It resulted in the anger that put the current president into the White House. The Who were wrong, Americans can get fooled again!”
The band will be hitting the road in 2019 in support of their new album “This Is My Voice” with plans for a string of European tours and select US dates. Are YOU gonna be there?
Here's what the press has said about The Chocolate Watchband's new album:
“This is the revival band you’ve been looking to add to your rotation” - Pittsburgh Magazine
“Together they've created a record that deviates from the Watchband's first phase of raunchy groovers and tender space-outs, opting for a more modern rock sound, yet without sacrificing their keen ear for anthemic songwriting and memorable melodies”- The Stranger
“This is My Voice isn’t so much a comeback as it is a continuation; the sound of one of the psych-rock era’s most dynamic outfits rolling its sleeves up, stirring its creative juices, and getting down to business” - Artist Home
Pre-Order The Chocolate Watchband's “This Is My Voice”: https://chocolatewatchband.bandcamp.com/album/this-is-my-voice
For more information:
The Chocolate Watchband official band website: http://www.thechocolatewatchband.com/
Dirty Water Records ( London): www.dirtywaterrecords.co.uk
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